George Andre, in what he called "the craziest round of golf you ever saw," teamed with Gray Tuttle for a best-ball 7-under-par 65 to win the medal in Belle Haven Four Ball qualifying yesterday.
Andre and Tuttle, losers in last year's final, failed to hit the green with their tee shots on any of Belle Haven's four par-3 holes. "But we managed to get up and down for par on every one," said Andre.
Tuttle sank a 25-foot eagle putt on the par-5 fourth hole. He chipped into the cup for par on the par-3 10th hole.
At the par-3 17th, Tuttle hit his tee shot into green-side sand, up against the lip of the trap. He blasted to 25 feet from the hole and knocked in the putt for par. Andre added four birdies. He and Tuttle eclipsed a 66 posted Thursday by Scott Inman of Springfield and Gray Hamilton of Tantallon.
Steve Reed and Kenneth Brooke of International (who qualified Thursday) tied at 67 with Marty West of Columbia and Gill FitzHugh of Army Navy, and Peter Jacobi of Army Navy and Rudy Spiers of Robin Dale.
Approximately half the field of 156 two-man teams tried to qualify yesterday, and the other half tried Thursday. Two rounds of match play are scheduled today at 7 a.m.
Defending champions Butch Mielke and Buddy Peoples, who have won three of the last four years, are automatic qualifiers for the 16-team championship flight but were on hand yesterday for some final pitching and putting tuneup.
"Butch and I play this course well," said Peoples, of Crofton. "We have that confidence. We complement each other well."
Washington Redskins free safety Greg Williams and his Chantilly club mate, Northern Virginia Amateur champion Ken Newlin, survived a 13-team playoff among 69 shooters for one of the last five places.
In Frederick, Webb Heintzelman had four birdies and Mike Ahrnsbrak chipped for a 30-foot eagle on the sixth hole to score 70 each and tie for the Mid-Atlantic Pro-Am at Eaglehead.